Defending to win against Zagreb, Sevco roulette


Dinamo Zagreb dropped points for the second time in 10 league games this season on Saturday when they drew a blank against bottom of the table Slaven Koprivnica.  Slaven took only one point from five league games in August, and lost heavily to Zagreb on the opening day of the season, but have tightened up at the back in recent weeks.  Parking the bus on Saturday was enough to curtail the Croatian champions.

That blank score line was a rarity for Dinamo, who had scored in all but one of this season’s 18 previous outings.  After losing their first leg at home to Zagreb, Aalborg shut up shop in the Champions League qualifier in Croatia and overturned the first leg deficit.

So what can we expect on Thursday?  We’ve kept only one clean sheet in the last 10 outings, and that was to lower league Hearts, who missed a penalty and struck the crossbar.  Looking at Celtic’s defensive record, Dinamo will fancy their chances of getting a goal.  Like most teams away from home in Europe, they will plan to defend first and foremost, and take their chances on the break.

Having collected a vital point away to the top seed on match day one, the group opens up for Celtic if they can beat Zagreb this week, but how should they go about achieving this?  If St Mirren, Motherwell, Dundee and Inverness can score against Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb will do so, unless Celtic protect their back line considerably better than they have so far this season.  Celtic are likely to need to score two or more to win the game.  Without Goals Guidetti, this sounds like a big challenge.

Going on form, it’s in Celtic interests to ensure this is a tight game, deny Dinamo space to break into, and use their own speed to attack when opportunity arises.  We’ll need to hold the ball, and that means Kris Commons will have to play, no matter how fit he is, but I would be tempted to give him a deeper role than usual.  Johansen and Brown have critical roles to play in protecting the defence but they will need Commons available to bring calm to proceedings.

I see The Telegraph have taken a punt on Craig Whyte, et al’s, Worthington Group being in sufficient funds to mount their threatened legal challenge to Sevco Scotland Ltd, now known as Rangers International PLC, for acquiring the legal entitlement of Sevco 5088 Ltd.  Sevco 5088 had irrefutable entitlement to the assets of liquidated Rangers FC but this entitlement was assumed by Sevco Scotland, then owned and controlled by Charles Green.

Green and Craig Whyte both claimed to control Sevco 5088 when the company’s entitlement was assumed by the other company.  So what does all this mean?  There’s nothing in The Telegraph story that we didn’t know two years ago.  Even if a journo had first-hand information from a prime source, you’d have to wonder what value you could invest in what any of these characters say.

Until Our Hero spins the roulette wheel at the Ibrox Casino, everyone’s chasing shadows on this one.

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  1. BMCUW,



    I got into a conversation about their game with two huns at work last night.



    I put the serious face on and said I really hope Ally can turn it around as we miss you…before bursting out laughing…ach well, wisnae that keen on them anyway…;))





    Fifteen year ban from company directorship for Whyte might increase hun chances of cutting a deal.





    Put some sharp gravel inside yer shoes before having a similar conversation in future.



    It affects that pained concerned look.




    I’ve been off and on with it recently so know what too expect!!



    However, my good lady and me are also doing the 5/2 diet for the month, so hoping to lose a wee bit of weight too.



    I was in Slater’s a couple of weeks ago and the very helpful gentleman there, after measuring my waist, informed me it was 40 feckin inches in length.



    I aint buying 40 inch waist trousers!!!!!



    Fingers crossed!

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    And anyone doing lent before lent good luck :)


    Today I will sacrifice hurting my back, so no back pains until tomorrow, the things we give up for the betterment of mankind eh :)

  6. philbhoy



    Good luck with the sober october and the diet. I gave up drink nearly 30 years ago and my waist is still getting bigger :) por cierto

  7. Is it today Moshni & Boydychenko are offered bans by the compliance officer. Not a peep in the MSM, shockeroonie. Only a month ago Lewis Stevenson and Jamie Walker were issued 2 match bans for identical offences to Boyd and Moshni’s was worse, and of course the papers were full of it.


    If the SFA take no action this game is not worth following.

  8. weet weet weet(GBWO) on




    Never met you mate,but you are for sure well thought of here



    Take care and all the best today




  9. Anyone out there who could use a pair of HP 301 printer ink cartridges? I mistakenly ordered them instead of 300’s! Suitable for Deskjet printers, according to the box.



    Free to good home!








    11:29 on 1 October, 2014





    Put that pint doon an answer yer phone :-)









    Our Italian on the phone at the time!

  11. A Ceiler Gonof Rust, Scotland's White Flag of Surrender Shames Our Children on

    A hunmedia poster’s reaction to the feg man’s DR smoke blowing story.



    “Barry your a w***er and a gloryhunting tw*t. F**k off to your diddy team, the reason you arent working at Rangers is because you made a c**t of yourself and embarrassed us, just like McCoist is doing, youre the only manager in Britain thats worse than him so f**k off and worry about your own team and yer daft haircut ya f***in rocket”.



    Ha ha, belter……………




    There’s also a brilliantly funny thread titled “Camp Outside Ibrox?”




    Not for the faint hearted so no linky posted:-)

  12. “Ally will prove the doubters wrong”, says Bazza Fergushun.



    No he wullnae ya fud!






    He IS doing a marvellous job however.




  13. So, Giles Hargreave invested £3,500,000 in Sevco shares, and is trying to cash them in for £853,000? That’s the type of business acumen we’ve come to associate with Sevco, although I have a sneaky suspicion his friend, Charles of Normandy (c Phil), had a “big hand” in influencing poor Giles.


    Nae luck, ya greedy B!








    What about Kieron Prior,the wunderkind of The City?



    Didn’t hear much from him after he’d blown a fortune on the initial IPO despite hardly being out of the papers eulogising them.



    I presume it’s been decided he’s not the new Warren Buffet?

  15. jimbob71 is praying for wee Oscar on

    Manchester airport park and fly………



    Any good recommendations?



    Park car for 8 nights and stay on night we land back. Don’t land til 1.50am so looking somewhere close by airport so we’re not dragging kids around…..




  16. The Battered Bunnet on

    Scroll by…



    The suspension from trading in shares of Daniel Stewart isn’t at face value a big deal. AIM require accounts to be published within 6 months of year end, and they have failed to do so, hence the suspension.



    There are though a few interesting aspects.



    First, their auditor resigned summarily in June, unusual insofar as ordinarily auditors are apt to complete their work before skying the park. There is a sense that perhaps there is a difference of opinion on how the accounts should be represented.



    The company has been heavily loss making for 3 of the last 5 years, and informed in July that it expected further losses this year. It has accumulated losses of £14M carried forward, set against £3.8M of total equity.



    Last year’s losses of £3M wiped out almost half of the remaining value in the firm, and they expect a slightly less bad year this time around, which would take them closer to technical insolvency. Investors will be anxious to learn, given the precarious financial position, that the firm has been unable to file its accounts on time.



    With new auditors appointed in jig time in June – PWC – one would have thought that completing the annual audit within the statutory timescale would have been a condition of their appointment. That this has not occurred reinforces the sense of difficulty implied by the resignation of the original auditor.



    All AIM listed companies require a NOMAD to assure the market that the company is operating compliantly. That a NOMAD has been unable to comply with the AIM code itself is highly unusual and represents something of a quandary for the companies it represents as NOMAD.



    Daniel Stewart is the 3rd NOMAD to take on RIFC plc since listing less than 2 years ago. Given the recurring financial and legal problems at RIFC plc, they may find it difficult to replace Daniel Stewart, should DS be unable to continue to provide NOMAD support in due course.

  17. A Ceiler Gonof Rust, Scotland's White Flag of Surrender Shames Our Children on

    JTT, I saw that article when I had a look at the hun share price. I’m glad I don’t take financial advice from Giles. He even looks like a hun, so I’m happy he’s lost a fortune.



    Their share price has rocketed from being worth about less than nothing to being worth practically hee haw.





  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Petition signed (go on Pedro, you know it’s the right thing to do!!!!)



    Also – good luck with the operation BT.



    Never really approved of the GJNH – built to ‘service’ rich Arabs, and now a cash cow for (some) NHS consultants doing ‘waiting list initiative’ sessions – i.e. treating patients that they should have operated on as part of their day-job. A private hospital in all but name.



    Oanywho – good for the individuals who get their treatment there, certainly.













    They made a right ass of themselves by getting involved.





    Tin-hat on,but at least we didn’t have to utilise PFI to provide the hospital.



    I found out recently that the owner of our local bloody huge hospital is also the owner of the company which supplies catering,cleaning,portering facilities.



    All of which have seriously failed their latest assessments.



    Shocking abuse of public money.

  21. jimbob71 is praying for wee Oscar on




    What hotel did you stay in?



    Thanks BMCUWP

  22. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    bobby murdoch’s curled-up winklepickers



    12:33 on 1 October, 2014





    Tin-hat on,but at least we didn’t have to utilise PFI to provide the hospital.






    Hi BMCW



    Agree with that aspect of it – unlike in Lanarkshire with two PFI hospitals that (although they are good facilities) are fiancial millstones around the neck of the Board, as is PFI in general to the country as a whole.



    Scottish Futures Trusts reputed to be better, but we’ll need to wait and see the evidence.